It was the London Welsh who drew first blood in the match last Saturday (21st February), converting an early penalty to give the home side a three-point lead. After 15 minutes of play, Quins showed their intentions by kicking a penalty to the corner for a lineout, rather than opting for the shot at goal.
The lineout was won and following two quick rucks loosehead prop De Jaeger showed good leg drive to score the first try of the afternoon. With the conversion missed, the scoreline remained close at 5-3 in Quins favour.
Quins increased their lead to 8-3 with fly half Cousins successfully converting a penalty awarded for a Welsh tackler not rolling away. As half-time drew nearer, the Welsh left winger broke a few tackles with a good run to score in the corner. This was followed by a good conversion that put the home side in front by 10-8.
The Welsh discipline began to slip, with two of their players being sent to the sin bin in close succession; the second giving Quins another three points from the reulting penalty. Not wanting the Welsh players to feel lonely, Quins hooker Warrington-Mattei got himself binned. However, it was Quins who had the last say of the first half, finishing it by converting a further penalty taking them into the break with a 14-10 lead.
Quins started the second half with a try scored by the captain Cread, following some good driving work by the pack. With the conversion missed, the score was now 19-10.
The next 20 minutes were fairly uneventful, despite the return of the players from the bin and Quins sustaining some injuries, causing them to have to switch some players around. It was outside centre Evans who broke this quiet period with a good break up the right touchline and speedster Ovie supported well to take Quins to within metres of the Welsh line. Once again it was a prop on hand to finish off the movement with Greenhalgh going over under the posts. Quins increased their lead to 26-10 following the successful conversion.
The home side finished with a consolation score after some sustained pressure. After this the game fizzled out, giving Quins a 26-17 victory.
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